|Publication number||US5416995 A|
|Application number||US 08/157,526|
|Publication date||May 23, 1995|
|Filing date||Nov 26, 1993|
|Priority date||Nov 26, 1993|
|Publication number||08157526, 157526, US 5416995 A, US 5416995A, US-A-5416995, US5416995 A, US5416995A|
|Original Assignee||Teng; Hsieh-Yi|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (4), Referenced by (15), Classifications (7), Legal Events (4)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
A display device having doubly rotatable decorative articles of U.S. Pat. No. 5,092,065 was issued to the same inventor of this application, which includes a crystal ball held on a base having an upper decorative article rotatably mounted in a top plug formed on an upper portion of the crystal ball, and a lower decorative article mounted on a packing disk rotatably mounted in the base, so that both upper and lower decorative articles are rotatable either in a same direction or different directions, for enhancing decorative interest and increasing diversified features.
However, either the upper or lower decorative articles is rotated within the crystal ball, not extendible to an outside of the crystal ball, thereby still lacking of decorative effect on a three-dimensional point of view.
The object of the present invention is to provide a display device including: a decorative model for simulating a doll, people, animal and the other articles having a base provided with a driving device within the base, a rotary body such as a crystal ball rotatably mounted in a central or middle portion of the decorative model and driven by the driving device such as a spring or a motor, and a swinging device such as a pair of swinging arms of a doll or a people universally secured to the decorative model by a universal joint, having at least a coupling link slidably coupled to an endless groove recessed in a universal rail circumferentially sinuously wound on a spherical surface of the rotary body, whereby upon operation of the driving device to rotate the rotary body, the swinging arms of the swinging device will be swung along the universal rail disposed on the rotary body to produce a three-dimensional decorative effect for the decorative model.
FIG. 1 is a partial cut-away front view of the present invention.
FIG. 2 is a side view of the present invention.
FIG. 3 is a partial cross sectional drawing of the present invention.
FIG. 4 is an illustration showing a universal coupling operation in accordance with the present invention.
FIG. 5 is an illustration showing a vertical swinging movement of the present invention.
FIG. 6 is an illustration showing a horizontal swinging movement of the present invention.
As shown in the drawing figures, the present invention comprises: a base 1, a rotary means 2, a driving means 3, a decorative model 4, and a swinging means 5.
The base 1 includes: a central hole 11 formed in a central portion of the base 1, an annular extension 12 annularly formed on an upper perimeter of the base 1 for shielding a lower portion of the rotary means 2, and a retaining plate 13 secured in the central hole 11 of the base 1 for mounting the driving means 3 within the base 1.
The rotary means 2 generally formed as a transparent crystal ball includes: a bottle-neck portion 21 formed on a lower portion of the rotary means 2 rotatably disposed within the annular extension 12 of the base 1, a packing disk 22 inserted in the bottle-neck portion 21 for sealing a liquid (or water) 23 filled in the crystal ball of the rotary means 2, a plurality of interior decorative articles 24 such as miniature objects for imitating stars, snow flakes, etc. suspending in the liquid 23 within the crystal ball, a retaining disk 25 embedded in the packing disk 22 to be connected on a transmission shaft 30 of the driving means 3 so as to rotate the crystal ball about an axis 31 aligned with the transmission shaft 30 when driven by the driving means 3.
The driving means 3 may be selected from a spring system provided in a musical box, or driving motor, not limited in this invention.
The decorative model 4 provided for simulating a doll, a people, an animal or a plant, includes: a lower body portion 41 integrally connected with the base 1, a back portion 42 protruding upwardly from the lower body portion 41 and the base 1, an intermediate body portion 43 recessed rearwardly to form a cavity (such as for simulating a chest portion) for rotatably holding the rotary means 2 in the cavity of the intermediate body portion 43, and a head portion 44 secured on a top portion of the intermediate body portion 43 and the back portion 42.
The decorative model 4 may be formed for simulating a doll, Santa Claus, or other creatures. For simulating Santa Claus as shown in the accompanying figures, the two arms of the Santa Claus may be referred to a pair of swinging arm members 52 of the swinging means 5 of this invention, the rotary means 2 serving as a chest and abdomen and the base 1 may be modified to provide a lower body portion including a pair of legs as clearly illustrated in FIG. 1.
The simulations of the decorative model 4 of this invention are not limited, which can be modified to imitate a bird with two swinging arm members 52 serving as two wings of a bird.
During the rotation of the crystal ball of the rotary means 2, the interior decorative articles 24 will be rotated and the outside swinging arm members 52 will be simultaneously swung along an universal rail for enriching decorative function on a three-dimensional point of view.
The swinging means 5 includes: a universal joint 51 secured on a back portion 42 of the decorative model 4, at least a swinging arm member 52 universally connected to the decorative model 4, a coupling link 53 having an outer link end 531 secured with the swinging arm member 52, and a universal rail 54 circumferentially sinuously wound on a spherical surface of the rotary means 2 and slidably engageable with an inner coupling head 532 of the coupling link 53 for universally biasing the swinging arm member 52 about a fulcrum positioned at the universal joint 51.
The universal rail 54 includes: an endless groove 541 continuously recessed with equal depth in the rail 54 for slidably engaging the inner coupling head 532 of the coupling link 53, with the rail 54 consisting of a transversal sinuous track 542 transversely sinuously disposed on a circumferential surface of the rotary means 2 about a sphere center 20 of the rotary means 2 as shown in FIG. 6 having different radii of the transversal sinuous track 532 about the sphere center 20 and having different thickness of the transversal sinuous track 532 protruding outwardly from a spherical surface of the rotary means 2 to thereby bias the swinging arm member 52 about the fulcrum at the universal joint 51 for horizontally swinging the arm member 2 as shown in reciprocal direction H as shown in FIG. 6; and a longitudinal sinuous track 543 longitudinally sinuously disposed on the spherical surface of the rotary means 2 about an axis 31 of the driving means 3 and about the sphere center 20 of the rotary means 2 with the sphere center 20 coinciding with the axis 31 having different heights based upon a level across the sphere center 20 to thereby bias the swinging arm member 552 about the universal joint 51 for vertically swinging the arm member 52 as shown in reciprocal direction V as shown in FIG. 5, and the endless groove 541 engageable with the inner coupling head 532 of the coupling link 53 operatively guiding the coupling link 53 for sinuously moving along the longitudinal sinuous track 543 and the transversal sinuous track 542 for universally biasing the swinging arm member 52 about the universal joint 51.
Since each swinging arm member 52 is universally pivoted about the joint 51 as also universally linked to the universal rail 54, a rotation of the rotary means 2 will drive the coupled arm member 52 to bias universally in diversified orientations to have vivid decorative effect to increase user's interest.
The vertical (V) and horizontal (H) movement as shown in FIGS. 5, 6 are the static analysis of the swinging arm member 52. Actually, the movement of the arm member 52 is universally operated by synthesizing both movements as shown in FIGS. 6 and 5.
Therefore, this invention provides a universally swinging decorative article having diversified three-dimensional swinging orientations to enhance its "dynamic" decorative effect.
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|U.S. Classification||40/419, 40/409, 446/354|
|Cooperative Classification||G09F19/08, G09F2019/086|
|Aug 27, 1998||FPAY||Fee payment|
Year of fee payment: 4
|Dec 11, 2002||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|May 23, 2003||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Jul 22, 2003||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20030523